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Climate Change: Carbon Emissions

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN HL6286, tabled on 30 June 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to reduce UK consumption emissions in line with the report by the Committee on Climate Change Reducing UK emissions: 2020 Progress Report to Parliament, published on 25 June.

Answered on

14 July 2020

The UK follows the agreed international approach for estimating and reporting greenhouse gas emissions under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol, which is for countries to report the emissions produced within their territories.

Nevertheless, as the CCC highlight, we recognise the importance of also monitoring emissions on a consumption basis i.e. including emissions embedded in imports, and we publish data on this annually. Our consumption emissions fell by 21 per cent between 2007 and 2017, and by 3 per cent between 2016 and 2017.

We will formally respond to the Committee on Climate Change’s detailed recommendations in October.